Tracing “Blizzard’s DNA”


PC Gamer has created a massive chart showing the flow of employees between Blizzard games and (often) out of the company, as they found or move on to other game studios and projects. It’s not meant to be a complete list—even as large as the image is there are dozens of important employees on every game who are not listed—but it’s an interesting overview.

We celebrated Blizzard?s 20th anniversary with a massive cover story in our April issue that analyzed just how far-reaching their impact on gamers across the globe has been. In part two of that story, (read part 1 here), we put Blizzard under a microscope to inspect the people involved, and what they?ve gone off to do around the industry.

It?s difficult to measure exactly what Blizzard?s effect on the gaming industry has been, but one glance at the monster-sized image below tells you it?s big. Go ahead, look around?every game here had at least one ex-Blizzard employee working on it. From casual adventures to hardcore shooters, they?re everywhere!

It would be nice if the chart indicated which of the other companies Blizzard people founded, as opposed to just joining existing studios. That the individuals who made Diablo and Diablo II (and were working on the early version of Diablo III) peeled off to create DiabloWikiHyboreal Games, DiabloWikiCastaway Entertainment, and DiabloWikiFlagship Studios, all in 2003, (where they were soon joined by dozens of other ex-Blizzard North employees) has always amazed me. That kind of turnover certainly makes more clear, in retrospect, why the Blizzard North version of Diablo III didn’t end in success.

View the full-size, readable image at the PC Gamer article, or in our gallery. Thanks to fmulder for the tip.

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